Meet One Of Michele Hauf’s Favorite Heroes…

by Michele Hauf, author of Beyond the Moon

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite heroes. His name is Rook. Just Rook. He’s been a vampire hunter for more than four hundred years. And he is a mortal man. Secretive and sensual, he is an enigma to those knights whom he commands in the Order of the Stake. He’s never handled a weapon he couldn’t master. He is rarely the loser in a battle against a vampire. He can see a person’s true nature. And he was once a musketeer in the French army. the a

So how has this mortal man lived so long? Perhaps it’s due to the demon Asatru who inhabits Rook’s body. Asatru (let’s call him Oz) is a truth demon. He and Rook get along well and over the centuries have become close (as if they had any other option?). The demon Oz is incorporeal, but Rook is able to let him out once a month, using his body. Yes, it’s a complicated relationship. But when it comes to knowing which of the two to trust, I’d place my bets on Oz. Just sayin’.

Now, four hundred years into this thing called life, Oz wants out. He’s got a child on the way (I did say Rook was able to let Oz out once a month while still, uh…sharing the same body; it’s complicated!), and Oz wants to be there for his family. The only way to release Oz from Rook? Restore Rook’s lost soul to his body. Rook ransomed his soul for the thing that mattered most to him so long ago—his now long-dead wife. But he will reluctantly restore his soul if it means freedom for Oz.

One problem: Rook doesn’t know where his soul is.

Enter, the witch Verity Van Velde. Independent, sexy and more than a little addicted to macarons, she may have a clue about Rook’s missing soul. But can she trust a vampire slayer who wasn’t able to kill the vampire who bit her?

For more information on the characters in my stories stop by clubscarlet.michelehauf.com.

And you can always find pictures that inspired my stories at my Pinterest page: pinterest.com/toastfaery.

 

About Beyond the Moon:

beyondthemoonLike most immortal witches, Verity Van Velde knows how to look after herself—and she knows better than to trust any man. But then, a vampire with a grudge roughs her up and steals her precious talisman. Before long, Verity is swept up in a terrifying intrigue—and into the strong arms of a devastatingly sexy vampire hunter.

For the past four centuries, Rook has devoted himself to avenging a terrible loss. But something about this pretty witch calls to him, and it’s not just her long legs…or her pouty lips…or her fiery magic. Something deep inside Rook knows that Verity may be his only chance to find his soul mate—and his soul.

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New Releases for September 2014

by Amy Loosemore, Harlequin Digital

Start autumn with these thrilling paranormal reads out this September from Harlequin!

The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost (Book one of the Broken Destiny, Harlequin HQN)

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between….

Beyond the Moon by Michele Hauf (Part of the In the Company of Vampires series, Harlequin Nocturne)

Like most immortal witches, Verity Van Velde knows how to look after herself—and she knows better than to trust any man. But then, a vampire with a grudge roughs her up and steals her precious talisman. Before long, Verity is swept up in a terrifying intrigue—and into the strong arms of a devastatingly sexy vampire hunter.

For the past four centuries, Rook has devoted himself to avenging a terrible loss. But something about this pretty witch calls to him, and it’s not just her long legs…or her pouty lips…or her fiery magic. Something deep inside Rook knows that Verity may be his only chance to find his soul mate—and his soul.

Immortal Obsession by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom (Harlequin Nocturne)

As her Protector, he was bound to oblige her every desire.

A rogue group of human-hating vampires have overtaken London. But the elite immortals who own much of the city may have found the key to protecting their territory: Madison Chase, an American newscaster investigating a story about missing teenagers. If she can convince someone to help her infiltrate the dangerous faction, she just might stem the bloodletting and find her brother in time….

St. John can’t escape his dark family legacy. But the instincts that keep him from being fully human also make him the rogues’ worst enemy. His desire for the ethereal redhead is immediate, all-consuming—and forbidden. And as the investigation escalates, Madison must discover if St. John is her trusted Protector—or if she’s being seduced by a monster.

Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto (Book one of the Ghost House Saga, Harlequin TEEN)

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Halo trilogy comes the start of a beautiful and powerful new series

After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother’s country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander’s past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever…and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.

The Aftermath by Jen Alexander (Book one of The Aftermath series, Harlequin TEEN)

Sometimes, I dream that I’m someone else.

A girl with dark hair who doesn’t worry about hunger or thirst or running from flesh-eaters.

In her world, those sorts of things don’t exist….

Since the spring of 2036, when the world changed forever, Claudia and a small clan of survivors have roamed the streets of a very altered Nashville—polluted and desolate, except for the ever-present threat of cannibals. Together they must undergo punishing tests of endurance and psychological challenge—sometimes with devastating consequences—all just to live another day.

With food and water in dwindling supply, and with danger lurking around every corner, no one can be trusted. And as her world starts to make less and less sense, Claudia begins to realize something terrifying: she is just a pawn in some sort of game, and all of her actions are being controlled from afar by a mysterious gamer. So when she meets a maddening and fascinating outsider named Declan, who claims to be a game moderator, she must decide whether to join him in exchange for protection and access to the border.

If they play the game right, they are each other’s best hope for survival—and a life beyond the only world Claudia’s ever known: the terrifying live-action game known as The Aftermath.

The Masked Songbird by Emmie Mears (Harlequin E)

Mildly hapless Edinburgh accountant Gwenllian Maule is surviving. She’s got a boyfriend, a rescued pet bird and a roommate to share rent. Gwen’s biggest challenges: stretching her last twenty bucks until payday and not antagonizing her terrifying boss.

Then Gwen mistakenly drinks a mysterious beverage that gives her heightened senses, accelerated healing powers and astonishing strength. All of which come in handy the night she rescues her activist neighbor from a beat-down by political thugs.

Now Gwen must figure out what else the serum has done to her body, who else is interested and how her boss is involved. Finally—and most mysteriously—she must uncover how this whole debacle is connected to the looming referendum on Scottish independence.

Gwen’s hunt for answers will test her superpowers and endanger her family, her friends—’even her country.

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Book Trailer and Excerpt of Jeaniene Frost’s The Beautiful Ashes

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Harlequin HQN is thrilled to launch New York Times bestselling paranormal romance author Jeaniene Frost’s new trilogy, Broken Destiny. Book one, The Beautiful Ashes, is on sale now and Jeaniene has created this awesome book trailer for it! Check it out:

Exciting, no? Now that we’ve got you pumped about The Beautiful Ashes, keep reading for an excerpt to tide you over until you can get your hands on your own copy of the book :)

About The Beautiful Ashes:

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between….

Excerpt:

I’m twenty, and already, I’ve got nothing left to lose. That’s why I didn’t care that Bennington, Vermont, looked like a postcard for autumn in the country. The two-story bed-and-breakfast I pulled up to was no different. It even had a white picket fence and a steady swirl of sunset-colored leaves drifting down from the many trees in the yard.

My picturesque surroundings were in stark contrast to how I looked. If I hadn’t been exhausted from grief and stress, I might’ve cared that my brown hair now resembled greasy mud. Or that my breath was in desperate need of a Mentos, and don’t get me started on the coffee stains decorating my WMU shirt. Since I had more important things to worry about, I didn’t even bother to cover my head against the downpour as I left my car and ran into the bed-and-breakfast.

“One moment!” a cheery voice called out from farther inside. Then a heavyset older woman with graying red hair came down the hallway.

“Hello, dear. I’m Mrs. Paulson. Are you— Oh, my, you’re soaked!”

“It’s nothing,” I said, but she bustled out of sight, returning moments later with a towel.

“You sit down and dry yourself off,” she ordered in the same tsking tone my mother had used a million times before. A surge of grief had me dropping into the chair she waved at. The things you didn’t realize you’d miss until they were gone…

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Video Interview: Alexandra Adornetto on Ghost House

Earlier this year, Harlequin TEEN Executive Editor Natashya Wilson sat down with author Alexandra Adornetto at Book Expo America to talk about her new YA novel Ghost House. Watch the interview below to find out more about this romantic, paranormal read,what how she started writing, her inspiration for Ghost House and more.

About Ghost House:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Halo trilogy comes the start of a beautiful and powerful new series

After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother’s country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander’s past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever…and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.

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What Is Your Astro-Reading Match?

by Amy Loosemore, Harlequin.com Team

We have a fun new way to find a Harlequin category romance to try — by your zodiac sign! Visit our Astro-Reading Match page on Harlequin.com to find a series romance or two that matches up with your astrological sign, from fiery Leos to dreamy Pisces. Personally, I’m a Pisces, which ruled by watery Neptune, the planet of illusions and dreams. I’m matched with series that whisk me away to another world or era — Harlequin Historical, Love Inspired Historical and Harlequin Nocturne. Click here to find out what your match us!

So tell us, do you believe in astrology? Which romance series did YOU get for your sign?

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In the Company of Vampires

by Michele Hauf, author of Beyond the Moon (Harlequin Nocturne)

The Order of the Stake is a 400-year-old organization that hunts vampires. Their hunters are called knights and they are, indeed, knighted by the founder of the order. (Said founder being of dubious origins.) The knights live to slay vampires and have vowed to die fighting. Even in this modern age they stand for honor, valor and integrity, and their job demands they protect the innocent (and even the not-so-innocent) from vampires.

Who wouldn’t want to write about a cool bunch of guys like that? My In the Company of Vampires series focuses on the knights and their adventures slaying vampires as well as what happens when they’re not wielding a stake—romance, for instance. The heroines I match them with aren’t always vampires. And the knights aren’t always men. But the knights are always mortals. They carry cool, retractable stakes and wear blades at their collars (to protect from vampire bites). And you most certainly would not want to meet them in a dark alley. Unless of course, you are a heroine fleeing from a vamp.

It was fun to create an order of hunters and move them about on the page to see what they were capable of. I can say that I know the man King, who founded the organization way back in the sixteenth century, but I didn’t want readers to know too much about him. He must and will remain a mystery. Though, I think I’ve given some pretty big hints about him throughout the series. King’s right-hand man, and really, the knight who pretty much runs the order, is Rook. And, oh mercy, I do adore Rook. His story is my newest release, BEYOND THE MOON. I’ll tell you a little more about him in my next post.

The series includes BEAUTIFUL DANGER, THE VAMPIRE HUNTER and BEYOND THE MOON.  The beautiful thing about the series is that you don’t have to read the stories in order. Each stands on its own so you can enjoy them whenever you want!

For more information on the characters in my stories stop by clubscarlet.michelehauf.com.

And you can always find pictures that inspired my stories at my Pinterest page: pinterest.com/toastfaery.

About Beyond the Moon:

beyondthemoonLike most immortal witches, Verity Van Velde knows how to look after herself—and she knows better than to trust any man. But then, a vampire with a grudge roughs her up and steals her precious talisman. Before long, Verity is swept up in a terrifying intrigue—and into the strong arms of a devastatingly sexy vampire hunter.

For the past four centuries, Rook has devoted himself to avenging a terrible loss. But something about this pretty witch calls to him, and it’s not just her long legs…or her pouty lips…or her fiery magic. Something deep inside Rook knows that Verity may be his only chance to find his soul mate—and his soul.

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Harlequin TEEN Goodreads Giveaway Round Up!

Here’s a roundup of the latest YA paranormal and fantasy book giveaways from Harlequin TEEN on Goodreads!

stone cold touch1) Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout, The Dark Elements #2 — enter to win 1 of 25 Advanced Reader Copies of the book + Temporary Tattoos! Giveaway closes Sept. 28.

2) Talon by Julie Kagawa, book 1 of the new Talon series. You can win 1 of 25 Advanced Reader Copies of the book + SIGNED book plates! Ends September 28.

3) Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter, White Rabbit Chronicles #3. Win 1 of 15 finished copies of the book. Giveaway ends Sept. 9

4) Witchrise by Victoria Lamb, The Tudor Witch Trilogy #3. Enter to win 1 of 25 Finished Copies of the book by Sept. 9.

Good luck!

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Excerpt: The Bloodrunners Are Back in Rhyannon Byrd’s Dark Wolf Returning

If you like paranormal and reunion romances, then you’ll want to take a look at Dark Wolf Returning Rhyannon Byrd’s new book in her Bloodrunners series from Harlequin Nocturne! Here’s an excerpt to get you started, and you can also discuss The Bloodrunners series in the Harlequin Community.

About the Book

When werewolf Eli Drake is banished from his pack, he leaves a devastated and heartbroken Carla Reyes behind. Three torturous years later, she tracks him down to a hole-in-the-wall Texas bar—the pack is in trouble and war is on the horizon. Carla needs Eli’s help, but wants nothing more to do with him—even though he’s as ruthless, domineering and sexy as ever….

Eli hasn’t forgotten Carla. And the partial bite he gave her their last night together has had him lying awake nights imagining her sumptuous curves and supple lips. But Carla wants their bond broken, no matter the cost. Now, as they join forces, dare Eli hope that he can claim a future he never dreamed possible?

Excerpt

Eli Drake blinked his bleary eyes, unable to believe what he was seeing.

Shit. Had he drank so much he was hallucinating? If so, his pickled mind couldn’t have come up with a more stunning, confounding vision. The hole-in-the-wall, small town Texas bar where he and his crew had landed for the night was a decent enough place to settle for a few hours while they tossed back some liquid therapy—and after the last assignment they’d taken, they’d definitely needed it. Hell, they could have drowned themselves in whiskey and beer for days on end, and it wouldn’t have been enough to wipe out the horror of what they’d seen in that little South American village.

So, yeah, the woman who’d just walked into the bar had to be a by-product of his inebriation.
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Loyal Wolf Leaps In

by Linda O. Johnston, author of Loyal Wolf (Harlequin Nocturne, August 2014)

Here comes Alpha Force again! Loyal Wolf, the sixth Alpha Force Harlequin Nocturne is an August 2014 release.

Alpha Force is my very special, covert military unit of shapeshifters.  Their abilities are amazing, and unique among shifters in their world.  Their very special shifting elixir allows them to determine when to shift, even outside a full moon, and retain their human awareness.

In Loyal Wolf, Deputy Sheriff Kathlene Bayler of Clifford County, Montana, discovers that a group of apparent anarchists has taken up residence on property near the Wyoming border.  The sheriff seems fine with it but Kathlene fears the consequences.

Unwilling to ignore the situation, Kathlene surreptitiously calls in undercover help from the U.S. government, and two members of Alpha Force, a covert military unit, arrive to check out the situation.

Despite the covertness of her request for assistance, Kathlene doesn’t like how these men remain so secretive around her.  Nor does she like the way she has to fight her irresistible attraction to one of them, Lieutenant Jock Larabey.

Jock arrives with his aide Staff Sergeant Ralf Nunnoz and his cover dog Click.  Jock plans to use his abilities to shapeshift into a wolf, who very much resembles Click, to complete this potentially dangerous assignment.  He will do anything to keep civilians out of harm’s way, even–especially–the brave and determined deputy sheriff who called in Alpha Force without knowing the true nature of many of its members.  But can he control Kathlene’s determination to help him bring down the anarchists?  Even more important, can he resist Kathlene’s undeniable sexiness?

What do you think?  Read Loyal Wolf and find out!

In case you can’t tell, I really enjoy writing about Alpha Force and its very special undercover military unit of shapeshifters.  And there are more to come!

About the Book

An alpha male meets his match…

Feisty, fearless deputy sheriff Kathlene Baylor is not the submissive type. When she detects suspicious behavior on the outskirts of her Montana town, she’s first to investigate. And when her own department refuses to take the anarchist threat seriously, she calls in the military. Little does she know the team assigned to her is not your average task force.

Shapeshifter Jock Larabey is part of the top secret Alpha Force dispatched to the scene. He’s also the sexiest man Kathlene has ever laid eyes on. And when she catches him shifting, she finds herself more aroused than scared. Jock feels the same way, and can’t control it for much longer. As the danger escalates, so does their desire….

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Excerpt: Cast in Flame by Michelle Sagara

Fantasy author Michelle Sagara returns the city of Elantra in the tenth novel in her Chronicles of Elantra series, Cast in Flame. In this latest installment, Kaylin must deal with a dragon roommate, awakening magic and much, much more. Keep reading for excerpt from Cast in Flame and pick up your copy wherever books are sold.

Any day that starts with dragon arguments is going to be bad

Kaylin returned from the West March in one piece. Now that piece is fraying. She’s not at home in the Imperial Palace—and she never intends to be. All she wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate, but she can handle that.

She can’t as easily handle the new residents to the city she polices, because one of them is the outcast Barrani Nightshade’s younger brother. On a night when she should be talking to landlords in perfectly normal buildings, she’s called to the fief—by fellow Hawk and sometime partner Teela. A small family disagreement has become a large, complicated problem: Castle Nightshade’s latent magic is waking.

And it’s not the only thing.

Excerpt:

On the second day after her return to Elantra, the city she policed as a groundhawk, Private Kaylin Neya fell out of bed, daggers in hands, knees bent. After one confused moment, she sheathed her daggers, took a brief look around the otherwise empty royal guest chambers that served as her temporary home, and let loose a volley of Leontine curses.

The small, translucent winged lizard that habitually slept above her head squawked in protest; she’d swept him out of the way without a second thought. He hovered in front of her face as she cursed; she didn’t, at the moment, have anything left over for groveling apologies.

Leontine wasn’t the usual language heard in the halls of the Imperial Palace. Nor was it generally heard in the function rooms, and when it was, it wasn’t the particular phrasing she now indulged in. On the other hand, the thunderous sounds that had driven her from sleep pretty much guaranteed that no one who’d care could possibly hear her words. Kaylin could scream until she was blue in the face, with the same results. Anyone in the palace halls could, at the moment.

Dragons were having a discussion.

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